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They Were Expendable

Directed by John Ford
1945    2h 15m    Approved
Shortly after Pearl Harbor, a squadron of PT-boat crews in the Philippines must battle the Navy brass between skirmishes with the Japanese. The title says it all about the Navy's attitude towards the PT-boats and their crews.
Cast of They Were Expendable
  • Robert MontgomeryLt. John Brickley
  • John WayneLt. (J.G.) 'Rusty' Ryan
  • Donna ReedLt. Sandy Davyss
  • Jack HoltGeneral Martin
  • Ward Bond"Boats" Mulcahey, Chief Boatswain's Mate
  • Marshall ThompsonEns. 'Snake' Gardner
  • Paul LangtonEns. 'Andy' Andrews
  • Leon AmesMajor James Morton
  • Arthur WalshSeaman Jones
  • Donald CurtisLt. (J.G.) 'Shorty' Long
  • Cameron MitchellEns. George Cross
  • Louis Jean Heydt'Ohio'
  • Jeff YorkEns. Tony Aiken
  • Murray Alper'Slug' Mahan T.M. 1c
  • Harry Tenbrook'Squarehead' Larsen SC 2c
  • Jack Pennick'Doc'
  • Alex Havier'Benny' Lecoco ST 3c
  • Charles TrowbridgeAdmiral Blackwell
  • Robert BarratThe General
  • Bruce KelloggElder Tompkins M.M. 2c
  • Tim MurdockEns. Brant
  • Russell Simpson'Dad' Knowland
  • Vernon SteeleArmy Doctor
  • Robert Emmett O'ConnorSilver Dollar Bartender (uncredited)
  • Philip AhnArmy Orderly (uncredited)
  • Steve BarclayNaval Officer (uncredited)
  • Betty BlytheOfficer's Wife (uncredited)
  • Danny BorzageBoat Crew Member (uncredited)
  • Al BridgeLieutenant Colonel (uncredited)
  • George BruggemanMan in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
  • James CarlisleMan in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
  • Jack CarringtonOfficer at Airport (uncredited)
  • Bruce CarruthersMan in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
  • Tony CarsonMan in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
  • Jack CheathamCommander (uncredited)
  • Fred CobyOfficer at Airport (uncredited)
  • Roger ColeOfficer at Airport (uncredited)
  • Jane CrowleyOfficer's Wife (uncredited)
  • Henry H. Daniels Jr.Sailor (uncredited)
  • William B. DavidsonHotel Manager (uncredited)
  • Marjorie DaviesNurse (uncredited)
  • Larry DodsBoat Crew Member (uncredited)
  • William 'Red' DonahueOfficer at Airport (uncredited)
  • Blake EdwardsBoat Crewman (uncredited)
  • Frank EldredgeOfficer at Airport (uncredited)
  • John EpperOfficer at Airport (uncredited)
  • Jim Farley(uncredited)
  • Charles FergusonOfficer at Airport (uncredited)
  • Lee Tung FooAsian Bartender (uncredited)
  • Art FosterBoat Crew Member (uncredited)
  • Almeda FowlerOfficer's Wife (uncredited)
  • Mary Jane FrenchLost Nurse (uncredited)
  • Jon Gilbreath'Snuffy' Submarine Commander (uncredited)
  • James GonzalezSailor (uncredited)
  • Duke GreenPT-41 Boat Starboard Torpedoman (uncredited)
  • Sherry HallMarine Major (uncredited)
  • Stuart HallBar Patron (uncredited)
  • Robert HomansBartender at Manila Hotel (uncredited)
  • Michael KirbyBoat Crewman (uncredited)
  • Michael KostrickMan in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
  • Paul KrugerMan in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
  • Stubby KrugerBoat Crewman (uncredited)
  • Jack LeeMan in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
  • Jack LorenzMan in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
  • Leota LorraineOfficer's Wife (uncredited)
  • Jack LudenNaval Air Captain (uncredited)
  • James MagillMan in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
  • George MagrillMan in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
  • Eve MarchNurse (uncredited)
  • Maurice MarksSoldier (uncredited)
  • Kermit MaynardAirport Officer (uncredited)
  • Merrill McCormickWounded Officer at Airport (uncredited)
  • Frank McGrath'Slim' - Bearded CPO (uncredited)
  • Leonard MellinMan in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
  • Robert MilaschMinor Role (uncredited)
  • Henry MirelezFilipino Boy (uncredited)
  • Jack MowerOfficer (uncredited)
  • Charles Murray Jr.Jeep Driver (uncredited)
  • Forbes MurrayNavy Captain (uncredited)
  • Bill NeffSubmarine Skipper / Boat Crew Member (uncredited)
  • Bill NindOfficer at Airport (uncredited)
  • Wedgwood NowellMan in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
  • Franklin ParkerNaval Officer (uncredited)
  • Frank PershingBoat Crew Member (uncredited)
  • Nino Pipitone Jr.Bartender's Child (uncredited)
  • Dan QuiggMan in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
  • Joey RayBoat Crew Member (uncredited)
  • William McKeever RileyBoat Crew Member (uncredited)
  • Jack RossOfficer at Airport (uncredited)
  • John RoyMan in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
  • Harold SchlickenmayerMan in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
  • Phil SchumacherBoat Crew Member (uncredited)
  • Jack SempleMan in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
  • Sam SimoneMan in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
  • Reginald SimpsonMan in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
  • Leslie SketchleyMarine Orderly (uncredited)
  • Ralph SoncuyaFilipino Orderly (uncredited)
  • Larry SteersMan in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
  • Sammy SteinSammy - Boat Crewman (uncredited)
  • Jack StoneyBoat Crew Member (uncredited)
  • Robert StrongOfficer at Airport (uncredited)
  • Bob ThomMan in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
  • Richard ThorneMan in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
  • Brad TowneMan in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
  • Jack TrentOfficer at Airport (uncredited)
  • Tom TylerCaptain at Airport (uncredited)
  • Emmett VoganNaval Doctor (uncredited)
  • Eleanore VogelOfficer's Wife (uncredited)
  • Hansel WarnerOfficer at Airport (uncredited)
  • Billy WilkersonSgt. Smith (uncredited)
  • Roque Ybarra Jr.Bartender's Child (uncredited)
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